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We already have a new place in Madrid to eat healthy and enjoy every day without getting tired . At number 24 of María de Molina, right on the corner with Claudio Coelho Street, we find Religion Coffee, a new and cozy temple-cafeteria that has that 'nosequé' that makes it more than a place of worship for and for the coffee (that too).
The founder himself says: “you will come to have a coffee, but you will not be able to resist eating a cake or a salad.” So we will come for coffee, but we will not stop repeating for his unparalleled experience with a healthy kitchen With great personality.
It is in the Salamanca district and shares more than a philosophy, a religion whose god is coffee and revolves, of course, around ten commandments. Do you want to meet them?
1. YOU WILL LOVE COFFEE OVER ALL THINGS
Virginia and Sergio are their prophets. They, of course, love coffee above all things. They met working and from the first moment they were clear. They wanted to set up a place specialized in coffee, but they also took into account that they had to adapt it to Spain. They wanted to give him something that was not there, also break with the typical specialty coffee. And they got it.
Sergio wears a shirt that says "today is not enough". We can imagine it, recharging the batteries in such a place that anyone has energy left over for more hours in a day.
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2. YOU WILL NOT TAKE THE SOLUBLE COFFEE AGAIN
"Here you are going to have a real specialty coffee, " confess to Traveler.es. "Our supplier tells us that only 5% of the specialty coffee sold worldwide is truly a designation of origin, everyone puts on that label but they are roasters."
Their suppliers are Zero Point Coffee and Dabov Specialty Coffee, from Bulgaria, and they are the only ones that have a small store in Madrid. They wanted to make sure the best and tried everywhere, even outside of Spain.
"They called us crazy, " says Virginia funny. But it was worth it, one day they tried one and in unison: "it has to be this".
Divine meat wrap © Religion Coffee
3. YOU WILL SANTIFY ALL YOUR BREAKFAST
Its main axis is coffee, but without leaving the "coffee mandate" they also offer a gastronomic proposal with a lot of variety, both for breakfast and for lunch.
Porridges, sweet and savory, with great caloric intake to start the day with strength. Australian bowls of quinoa, wild rice, baggels or hamburger (vegan or not) with dried tomato, avocado and tomato jam accompanied by sweet potatoes, among others.
They call our attention curious and original names of some dishes like 'Sin conceived sin', 'Wrap of divine flesh' or 'Garden of Eden'. Do you want to discover what they consist of?
In short, the gastronomic proposal is defined as " a fresh, fun and rogue proposal, another different way of eating".
They also claim that almost all dishes are or can be made vegetarian or vegan, but there is something for everyone. They are clear when they say that to eat well you don't have to eat only green. "Our proposal is completely dynamic, do it how you want, " they explain.
An example of this are the variety of salads with which they surprise each day and that you can mix to create your perfect combination . For Virginia it is the favorite claim.
The blue coffee that is in fashion have it Religion Coffee © Religion Coffee
4. YOU WILL HONOR THE FILTERED COFFEE
More than religion, it seems like a science. We can order Aeropress, a type of coffee that is filtered manually by grinding coffee and not by machine.
"You have to be measuring a lot and with the filter you can play a lot with the flavor, " Sergio explains.
Aeropress, a type of coffee filtered manually © Religion Coffee
5. YOU WILL NOT ORDER THE COFFEE IN VASE
Unless it is the Blue Latte. A smurf blue coffee, Australian blue, country from which this trend comes and that our prophets have decided to infect and make fashionable in the Spanish capital. It is talked about in almost every corner and there are many who have come to try it.
The secret? Take spirulina, good for health by having antioxidant and detoxifying properties, coconut milk and also being organic.
This is the inside of Religion Coffee, the new 'must' of the Salamanca neighborhood © Religion Coffee
6. YOU WILL PASS THE OFFICE COFFEE MACHINE AND YOU WILL ALWAYS DOWN TO SEE US
Because Religion Coffee attracts and catches. Those who thought they were "meat of Malasaña", as they say, found their own paradise on María de Molina Street, in a place where they felt a crush and in which meticulously, Sergio is changing the songs in Spotify creating an environment that It involves us in an experience that is full of inspiration.
We sit in a local thug when we look at the fluorescent sign that says: "Coffee is my God" ; while the rest of the place is more minimalist and relaxes us . It seems that we are in an establishment in London itself. Precisely they confess that they took as reference many European capitals to decorate it.
The attention is unbeatable. To each client that enters, Sergio asks exactly what he wants, for example, if it is cold or hot, and then recommend what he thinks he needs and Religion Coffee can give him. Then we serve some dried beet chips that whet our appetite.
Religion's burger accompanies sweet potato © Religion Coffee
7. YOU WILL LEARN TO TAKE COFFEE WITHOUT SUGAR
If you are a real coffee maker, this is one of the first commandments that you must keep. In Religion Coffee we don't need it, the coffee itself already has all the flavor we need.
Raw vegan cheesecake © Religion Coffee
8. YOU WILL NOT WANT A COFFEE WITHOUT FOAM
It is the new favorite of the neighborhood, "people repeat daily." We observe a quiet environment that is distributed on two floors by which tourists come and go and many young people take advantage and stay working with the computer while enjoying their coffee. But after several hours we realize that Religion Coffe is for all ages, for all those who want to pay tribute (worth the redundancy) as God commands.
You will come for coffee, and leave nothing on the plate © Religion Coffee
9. YOU WILL ENJOY EVERY SIP
Not only coffee, but all the variety offered by your letter. In addition to main dishes, we can afford to end up with some of their homemade desserts . We are left with the raw vegan cheesecake, with nuts, cranberries and maple syrup.
To drink, we can choose between smoothies, organic juices or a curious alternative version of coca cola, the Fritz-Kola, with more caffeine, less sweet and organic. Or for the brewers, a beer that could not be another in this lguar: La Virgen beer.
10. YOU WOULD LIKE TO KNOW EVERYTHING ABOUT COFFEE
They themselves say that the world of real coffee is a real clan. "Baristas consider themselves very sectarian, " says Virginia. They hold private events to get to know each other and are like a family they continue to learn from.
In short, they had us cheated, we had a vice that was coffee and until now we had been told that it was a sin. But today we discover that sin is not coming to Religion Coffe to try everything. This is the garden of Eden.
And now that you know them. Do you dare to fulfill them? Surely you are capable with such a proposal. You will never drink coffee in vain. Because, let's thank the Lord, coffee is fair and necessary.
Calle María de Molina, 24, Madrid
910 69 82 21
Monday to Friday from 08:00 to 21:00; Saturdays and Sundays from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.